Announcing the 2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Winners

The NCLGBA Board is pleased to announce two scholarship winners for the 2018 Summer Conference:

Ross Hatton
University of North Carolina Master of Public Administration Candidate; Wake County Budget and Management Services Graduate Intern
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ross-hatton-a4094785

Lauren Stepp
Western Carolina University Master of Public Affairs Candidate
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenstepp

Please be sure to introduce yourself to our winners at the summer conference, give a warm welcome, share a little about yourself during the networking breaks (REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO), and hold onto their contact information to make future connections.

Pre-Conference Session Available

The course is Introduction to Program Evaluation, taught by Professor Maureen M. Berner, will be offered as a pre-conference session on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. This course is a consistent favorite and one of the requirements for the Budget and Evaluation Officer Certification program.

Attendees will receive training on evaluating public services and programs. At the end of the course, participants will understand and be able to describe program evaluation, and how it fits with budget planning and implementation. In addition, participants will be able to identify a variety of program evaluation tools, map out a basic evaluation plan that could be used in their office, and understand how to effectively present evaluation results.

Register here: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/introduction-program-evaluation

2019 Summer Conference Registration Extended!

The registration deadline for the 2019 Summer Conference has been extended until Friday June 28th. Please visit the Conferences page for all the details on how to register.

A draft agenda for the conference can be found here. Our conference planners are particularly excited about the following sessions:

  • Leading Emergency Response, Presenter: Brock Long, Hagerty Consulting
    Brock is going to speak to disaster recovery from many different lenses and experiences, most recently as is the former FEMA Director!
  • The Past, Present, and Future of Your Pension, Presenters: Patrick Kinlaw, State Treasurer’s Retirement Systems; Sam Watts, State Treasurer’s Retirement Systems
    A discussion on LGERS increases, oh my!
  • Creating a High Performance Culture – Engaged Employees Transforming Communities, Presenters: Rebecca Jackson, City of Fayetteville; John Werner, Board International
    Our Title Sponsor will help communicate how culture has a lot do with getting good performance, how technology can help!
  • Past President Panel: The Bat-Signal has been answered! Presenters: Past Presidents of NCLGBA
    A reflection on how being a President as part of this fine organization has helped with career!

While registration remains open, the hotel room block at the Embassy Suites has filled. Some other hotel options include:

If you are interested in being added to the waitlist for the room block at the Embassy (in case of cancellations) please email conference@nclgba.org.

2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Application is Live

The NCLGBA is excited to announce that the application period for the 2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Program is now open!

The Association extends financial support through this program to first-time attendees, which includes MPA students, interns, and professionals in our field who have never previously attended and NCLGBA conference. The NCLGBA scholarship recipient will receive one (1) paid conference registration fee and two (2) nights hotel stay for the 2019 Summer NCLGBA Conference in Wilmington at the Embassy Suites from July 10th through July 12th. The 2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Application is available here or on our Conference Information page. All applications are due by midnight, Friday, May 10th. Eligible applicants should submit their application via e-mail to michelle.daniels@raleighnc.gov with #NCLGBA Scholarship Program in the subject line. Award recipients will be notified by Friday, May 31st, 2019.

Feel free to contact Michelle Daniels, NCLGBA 1st Vice President, with any questions. If you or someone you know is interested in attending an outstanding budget conference as a 2019 scholarship winner, we encourage you to apply or pass along this announcement.

Pop-Up Conference Session Materials Now Online

On April 5, 2019, NCLGBA partnered with the Appalachian State University Local Government Alumni Association to host a Pop-Up Conference in Clemmons, NC. Session materials from this one-day conference are now available in our resource archive with other past conference presentations. Topics covered include Debt Management, Power BI, and a Legislative Update.

If you have suggestions for future conference topics, please reach out to us by emailing conference@nclgba.org.

April Pop-up Conference Registration Now Open

Registration for the joint ASULGAA-NCLGBA Pop-up Conference is now open!

The conference will take place April 4-5, 2019, at the Village Inn Event Center in Clemmons, NC located at 6205 Ramada Dr., Clemmons, NC 27012.  Thursday kicks off with a golf tournament tentatively scheduled to start at 10:00am and a great networking reception is planned for that evening.  Friday’s conference activities will consist of three sessions, including:

  • Capital Planning & Debt Management, presented by First Tryon Advisors,
  • The Power of BI, presented by Keith Lane, and a
  • Revenue Roundtable and Legislative Update, presented by Chris Nida and Caitlin Saunders

A draft agenda will be sent out in by next week.  The Friday sessions will conclude no later than 3:00pm.

To register, complete and submit the registration form.  If you are interested in golfing and would like to submit a partner or foursome, please e-mail Justin Hembree with that information.

The Village Inn has a room block set up under the group code “ASULGAA”.  The rate is extremely affordable at $86 per night.

We have many members and sponsors that overlap between our two excellent associations.  This is going to be a great opportunity to showcase what NCLGBA is all about and spread budgeting knowledge to other North Carolina public servants, sponsors, and students.  Let’s make this a great event and enjoy the benefits of networking with our partner organizations in NC!

Please direct questions to Brian Pahle or Megan Powell.

Summer 2019 Conference Registration and Room Block Now Open

Registration and room block for the 2019 Summer Conference is now open!

Registrations can be made by credit card or check. Every attendee must fill out their own registration form. More detailed directions for registration can be found on the Conference Information page.

Reservations for the conference hotel – the Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront – can be made online or by phone at 1-(800)-HILTONS using group code LGB. A deposit of one night’s cost (including taxes) is due at the time of reservation and refundable up to 72 hours before the hotel stay. Additional information can be found on the Conference Information page.

The deadline for both conference registration and reserving at the group rate is Sunday, June 9, 2019. Continue to watch the website and listserv for future Summer 2019 Conference news and updates!

Save the Date: ASU/NCLGBA Pop-Up Conference

We are excited to announce an upcoming networking and learning opportunity!  In partnership with the Appalachian State University Local Government Alumni Association (ASULGAA), we will be hosting a pop-up conference in Winston-Salem, NC on April 4th and 5th 2019.

The two boards are busy finalizing all the details, but we do know the general outline of conference events, including a fantastic golf tournament and dinner planned for Thursday, April 4th, and a full-day of conference programming on Friday, April 5th.  The programming will include topics on debt management, Power BI, and an afternoon dedicated to the NCLM revenue update and general revenue roundtable for FY19-20.  Come join us for an opportunity to expand your professional knowledge and to meet other local government professionals from another one of our great North Carolina associations.

Look for more registration and lodging details on the listserv and website in the coming months.  We look forward to seeing you in April!

 

2019 Summer Conference Planning Meeting

On behalf of the NCLGBA Board, we invite you to the 2019 Summer Conference Planning Meeting on Friday, February 15, 2019!

The objectives are to:

  1. brainstorm conference session topics that are exciting and relevant to our members,
  2. secure volunteer commitments including moderators and registration help, and
  3. network with state-wide colleagues!

Click here to RSVP (yes or no) by Friday, February 1, 2019. Even if you can’t attend, please follow the link to share ideas for session topics, speakers, and/or volunteer to be a moderator or help at registration.

Join us in downtown Raleigh between 12pm-4pm at the:

Wake County Justice Center
300 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Lunch (including VG, V, GF, etc.) options will be provided from 12pm-1pm. Select your lunch preference as part of RSVP link above.

As always, thank you all for coming together to create great experiences and professional development opportunities for our colleagues across the State. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our conference planners, Christopher Williams or Paarth Mehta.

#NCLGBA18 Recap Series: “Take Me Back”

Over the last few weeks, we have featured reflections on the 2018 Winter Conference. 

Our final #NCLGBA18 Conference Recap comes from Brian Pahle, Assistant City Manager, City of Hendersonville.

Winter Conference 2018 at Dugan’s…I mean Pinehurst…Take me Back

It wasn’t long into my four hour drive from the sand hills of eastern NC back to my home in Hendersonville that I dove into a deep mental sabbatical pondering the happenings of the conference and what it means to be a local government professional in North Carolina. These monotonous travels are no stranger to me and have become one of my favorite times to reflect. So, it is no wonder that upon returning home I was well prepared to write a conference recap at the request of our great Marketing Coordinator, Heather Curry! This conference was truly special and as many conferences do, generated a thought-provoking, creative, mind befuddling response from my inner psyche. I left this conference feeling proud, concerned, enlightened, and inspired all at the same time. My reflection below will explain each of these moments.

A Sense of Pride and Hope in our Profession

The best part about these conferences is that I get the opportunity to interact with and learn from people that are much more intelligent than myself. When I first joined the Association in 2014 I did not quite know what to expect. Would it be all technical, would I relate with other members and make friends, or would it be more continuous education similar to the UNC School of Government’s courses? To my pleasant surprise, I stumbled upon an active, dedicated, inspiring, and fun membership that made me feel welcome. These members were sharing ideas, thinking creatively, and strategizing together about how to solve current local issues.

This past conference promised a powerful agenda and a room full of even more powerful speakers…and it DELIVERED! I left this conference feeling extremely proud that I get to interact with such a talented group of individuals. I also, felt a sense of hope that our future local government professionals will continue to improve on the path that has been already forged before us. From sharing the stage with superwoman Heather Drennan and an amazing leader Brian Barnett, to exchanging ideas at Dugan’s on career advancement with Eric Olmedo, and meeting an inspiring and confident young student who is interested in a budget career in Zach Lewis. All of these interactions, plus many more, highlight how diverse, exemplary, and talented our Association members are. The more we have the opportunity to share ideas and demonstrate our own unique strategies and qualities the better. We have a great Association that enables and encourages exactly that and I could not be more proud to be a member.

Concerning Trends – Help!

Something that had everyone in the room nodding was affordable housing and infrastructure needs. I found myself holding my jaw up as Jeff Staudinger rattled off the number of affordable units needed in various cities across our State. As Julie Porter discussed the Charlotte project, I sat silently thinking about our existing undocumented/unregulated 100 year old landfill that is currently playing a role in a brownfield redevelopment for our revival of on old mill building for affordable housing. What left me feeling most concerned was thinking about the infrastructure sitting idly by that is needed to support these housing projects and other critical economic functions of a successful local economy. Dr. Mike Walden highlighted the importance roads are going to play in our economic future, and more importantly where the funding will come from to support their construction. Even moreover is the battle of NIMBY-ism and YIMBY-ism that we are seeing everyday as our community battles with the 8 NCDOT projects proposed over the next 5 years. I sat in my car, feeling concerned about how we are going to address these major issues but also feel that we are up to the challenge.

Seeking Enlightenment – NCLGBA Inquire Within

An additional sense of pride, which also lent itself to enlightening my understanding of the profession, resulted from our discussions on equity, inclusion, gender and race. We are a diverse Association and I do not face the same challenges that others in our profession face on a daily basis. So, these sessions were uncharted territory for myself and I am sure many others. Uncharted, unfamiliar, and unknown are not things that scare me nor are they things that I avoid. Quite the opposite, I was excited to have these sessions on the agenda and felt motivated to explore more avenues for equity and inclusion in my work and daily life. The courage our speakers, members, and Association display by taking on these issues is welcomed and revered. I hope to see these continue as I still have so much to learn from our members and friends. Thank you to all of those who made these sessions possible, and let’s keep them going!

I Live for Happiness, Luckily Work is a Part of That

I took one exception with the “Life is Too Short” session and that is that you should not “live to work”. This is certainly applicable if you do not enjoy your job, or you grow frustrated with showing up to work every day. However, for me, this is not the case. I love my job and I love the community I work in. I could not tell you how many times my wife has had to smack me across the head to get me to shut up about my excitement for new storm drains or traffic lights (maybe there is something wrong the way I think, or maybe it is all the smacking, who knows). Nonetheless, I left this conference again, inspired to make improvements in my life and in my community. With the powers of understanding my amygdala hijack and having the right attitude, “I can do this”, I came back to work with a fresh set of tools, ideas, and motivation to help our community succeed. I hope you did too and cannot wait to see you this summer!

P.S. – Rumor has it that Josh Edwards is leading a session on how to champion a culture of innovation at work at the summer 2019 conference #DurhamiTeamRocks #TheChampsHere